How to develop grit 1 challenge at a time

There’s a really good book I read recently call Grit by Angela Duckworth.

The book details scientific evidence and personal experience to figure out. . .

What makes some people gritty and other people quick to give up?

One of the biggest reasons a person becomes gritty, and my personal experience agrees with this, is when someone is able to overcome a challenging obstacle.

But theres a sweet spot. 

The challenging problem has to be combined with you having the tools to overcome it.

This is what makes martial arts and strength training so powerful! 

It’s a challenging situation every single day you step inside the gym. But all of which are within your power to change things.

And the ability to overcome these challenges develops our character outside of them.

There have been times in my life where I felt crush and it was if everything was falling down around me.

But it felt like the first time I loaded 400lbs on a barbell on my shoulders. It felt like I was crushing under it’s weight. . . but it went up!

I remember being nervous in all sorts of situations like job interviews, business deals, dates, etc.

But I remembered that I was nervous when I was getting ready to fight in a cage against another person in physical combat and it came out alright.

And surely this job interview could be no worse than an MMA fight right?

The challenges we face on the mats and in the weight room change us at the core. It’s why I think the training inside our gym is so powerful for someone. 

It’s not just about being a bad ass fighter or a muscle bound lifter.

I mean those things are pretty cool. . .

But when you’re not fighting anymore and when your muscles begin to leave you. You’re left with the strong character that you developed through those challenges.

If you’re ready to a daily dose of healthy challenges and coaches and teammates to help you along the way. 

Then call 502-937-8797 for a free class, gym tour and to see what it’s all about.


“I Don’t Have Time To Workout” : Lies We Tell Ourselves

“I Don’t have time to workout”

Justification to ourselves on why we dont work on improving our individual health.

I can understand, not having the energy to workout, but that’s a different issues we can cover later.

I’m not delusional either.

I too have a daughter, a family, run business, and other responsibilities.  Life happen, things get in the way, adjustments and compromises will have to be made.

Adulting can be hard…

I’m not the best case study either.  As there few things in life I enjoy as much as lifting a barbell, so its easy for me to find the time to workout I tend to make it one of my priorities.

How about those who always look for a reason not to workout?

Outside of an injury we should always be working on improving our health, to be around longer for our kids and grandkids.

“I don’t have time” is the simple easy excuse to fall back on.

WHICH IS THE WORST excuse someone can give.

I can almost guarantee that YOU DO have the time to workout.

We all have a smart phone, on that smart phone tracks your battery life.

That battery life tracks also the usage.  That usage will show exactly how long you’ve spent on social media and games on your phones.

I’ve yet to have someone approach me about their time that we’ve now show they average 40+ minutes a day unproductive on their phone.

Plenty of time to workout!

It may come down to time management, but the time is there, for a healthier version of yourself!

Interested in seeing the full explination, click the video below.


Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Win in Charlotte

Our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Competition Team scored several victories and solid performances back in 2016. During the event 3 of our BJJ competitors took to Charlotte to test their abilities. Our head BJJ coach Chewy, Eugene (Purple Belt at the time) and Chris (Blue Belt at the time).


The matches were filled with some great displays of what our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu gym has to offer. Takedowns, submissions, sweeps, etc.

Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu Gym Offers More Than Competition

If you would like to do Brazilian Jiujitsu in Louisville, KY. Then check us out at Derby City MMA.

We have an amazing group of people. Everyone from young and old, to competitors and hobbyists.

And while we do have some of the best Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training available. Lead by our world class coaches Nick “Chewy” Albin and Chad Hardy. Our main focus of our BJJ program is to give people a community and connectedness in addition to the training that’s involved.

In the matches above you see the excitement of a BJJ competition and the hard nose execution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. But there is so much more. Our Louisville Brazilian Jiujitsu gym is based around connecting a tribe of people. We train together, hang out together, compete together, etc.

So even if you’re not that interested in Bjj competitions. No problem. Tournaments make up a small percentage of what we do here at the gym. Our biggest focus is to train people in the martial art so they can become physically and mentally stronger while meeting new people.

So if you’re interested in training, don’t wait! Call us at 502-937-8797


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